A Quarter of a Century

This birthday girl celebrated her 25th birthday with a photoshoot.

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My little sister, Lisa, reached out to me in the recent month with her worries, hopes and aspirations upon turning 25. The conversation continued with the idea to capture her as a 25 year old woman. This was a critical moment in her life. Turning 25 gave her pause for thought. Who is she? What has she accomplished? Who does she want to be? Where does she want to go?

At 25, my little sister realized there were still so many questions, but one thing she didn’t question was her development and progress to who she has become today. And that, she wanted to capture.

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Flying from Boston to celebrate her 25th with us all in Wisconsin was such a whirlwind of events. Her shoot was priority and, that, I knew how to help plan.

For the second part of the shoot, we traveled back to our hometown, Sheboygan. She wanted to capture three generations of Hmong women in one photo: Our grandma, our mother, and herself

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If I remember correctly, the day was not so pretty outside. So we were stuck with an indoor shoot. Though it would have been more ideal to work with more space, time, and a proper set up for this part of the photoshoot, I am proud to say that I was able to capture the session with one light in a tiny, cramped living room space.

I was definitely more appreciative and envious of the worth of the photographs when I started working on the editing.

Look at three beautiful generations captured in one sitting.

A secret part of the shoot:

Being bold and beautiful, Lisa also requested a tasteful, classy nude. I obliged. I have to say that I’ve never felt such empowerment from such a photo that I have taken.

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Happy 25th little sis!

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A Surprise Proposal: Anand and Ruchi

There is nothing more appreciated than a man arranging plans to make the woman in his life the sole center of his universe. And, for one weekend, I was given the opportunity to capture just that.

At first I was surprised when Anand reached out to me to capture his proposal. I can tell you that most, if not all, of my clientle are the ladies. They inquire, and they call the shots. This was quite a shocking turn of events and yet, pretty impressive. With all the detailed planning, Anand deserves so much credit on taking the responbility and headache of organizing such an important occasion. I am absolutely amazed at how attentive he was to the details while maintaining a relaxed demeanor at managing it all.

When time came to pass, I found myself waiting at Boerner Botanical gardens for the show to unfold. Things couldn’t have gone better. There was a violinist, the closest of friends and family members waited in hiding, and I was set up to capture this in real time.

The event was a big deal. Both sides of the family traveled in from their respective home states (NY and FL) to celebrate this surprise proposal. With such elaborate planning, this is usually something dreamt up in books. Yet, here I was, witnessing it all on this beautiful September day. I give major props to the gentleman and have only admiration and envy of the bride-to-be.

Congratulations to the beautiful couple, Anand and Ruchi.

Tessee and Spencer

I usually take the time to meet my couples beforehand, but, as I was asked to shoot this wedding within a week away, I wasn’t given the normal amount of time to plan a proper meeting. I’ve never been on a blind date but, as a photographer, this would be close to it.

As I arrived at the courthouse to meet the bride and groom, I was taken aback with Tessee’s youth and smile! I was surprised to see how much alike the bride and I were at first glance. Tessee is about my height (petite), black hair, nice dark summer tan, and dark brown eyes. I can tell you that I expected anything but that through email correspondence! Then Tessee rushed Spencer to meet me. Even as he remained calm and polite during his greeting, his wedding jitters and happiness was undeniable. 🙂 Surrounded by his brothers, Spencer donned a blue suit with a tie that yet needed to be knotted and tied. It was quite a sight to see their party surrounding them in the hallway of the courthouse. A lot of love and excitement.

Blessed with sun and clouds, the weather could have not been better for a wedding, especially for outdoor photographs. Though we were set back on the scheduled nuptials, that did not stop us from filling the day with talk, smiles, and beautiful potraits. I made sure that I took the extra time to capture images of their family because of the unexpected delay.

Tessee’s son, Drake, was shy but curious. His impatient demeanor for photos definitely alerted me to the fact that entertaining the kiddo would definitely be in my favor. So I tried to work quick and with a few tricks up my sleeve. Even with growing hunger pains amongst the three, you wouldn’t have been able to tell by looking at these beautiful images! haha So glad everyone were such good sports. They were just amazing to photograph.

Congrats Tessee, Spencer, and Drake on making it official!